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11/22/1963 - Where were you?

I was in Martha Thompson's English class trying to feign interest in Melville's use of symbolism in Moby Dick
 
Mercifully, the class was about to end when our principal, without playing the customary chimes, abruptly came on the intercom and announced cryptically:  "There's something on the radio you need to hear."  The time was 1:53 EST, barely 20 minutes after the shots had been fired.
 
The AM radio crackled as the news came over "... possible tragedy here in Dallas as shots rang out".  At hearing just those words I blurted out "The President's been shot!".
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/22 17:47:12 (permalink)
    I was on my way to interview someone when I heard it on the radio. I pulled into a city skating rink where my sister was teaching and told her and the staff at the rink.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/22 18:16:33 (permalink)
    In 1963 I and a friend of mine were coming back from Lunch at the Blue Circle just a few blocks from our blood bank and as we were walking back, some guy stuck his head out and informed us that the president had just been shot.  I am sorta apolitical but it was a huge shock to me and all our friends at the blood bank.
     
    I discussed this with my friend last evening that I had worked with for 45 years.  He and I retired about the same time and he recalled exactly the same thing.
     
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/22 18:32:37 (permalink)
    Not even a thought yet........
    (That's OK, my twenty and 30 something year old coworkers look at me in astonishment when I tell them where I was when I heard  John Lennon died)
    post edited by wanderingjew - 2013/11/22 18:35:39
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/22 18:37:35 (permalink)
    I didn't know the Lennon sisters had a brother.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/22 19:29:17 (permalink)
    wanderingjew

    Not even a thought yet........
    (That's OK, my twenty and 30 something year old coworkers look at me in astonishment when I tell them where I was when I heard  John Lennon died)

    And that I remember where I was when I heard Reagan had been shot.
     
     
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/22 19:49:23 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman

    I didn't know the Lennon sisters had a brother.

     
    Come on now- Lennon is your contemporary, and so are the Stones. Stop pretending that you are 150 years old (or are you really pretending??) 
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/22 20:36:51 (permalink)
    Metro Jim,
     
    I was wondering how many Dallasers claim to have been in Dealey Plaza that day. About half a million cheeseheads claim to have been at the Ice Bowl.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/22 20:39:02 (permalink)
    I was in a Psych 101 class at Salem State College, Salem Mass.
    Acouple of related memories-
    1. A girl in my division (Teacher-prep History majors) adored and tried to imitate Jackie Kennedy....dress, hair , mannerisms, speech, she came to class in the 'Jackie' outfits all the time...(in those days the dress code did not allow shorts or 'pants' on the girls..or jeans for us men.
    Anyway, when the announcement interupted the lecture, Judy Barfed and passed out in very serious shock. She left the college that day when we all did, but she never returned to class.
     
    I worked at the HoJo's on I-95 north of Boston (Rowley, Mass). I drove from the college to the service plaza (HoJo's and a gas station) and started a 4-12 PM shift as the night 'cook'. At 6PM the Manager came in from home and closed us down for the night (and the next day). We reopened after the funeral when travel traffic seemed to return to normal.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/22 20:57:13 (permalink)
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    Michael Hoffman

    I didn't know the Lennon sisters had a brother.


    Come on now- Lennon is your contemporary, and so are the Stones. Stop pretending that you are 150 years old (or are you really pretending??) 

    The truth is, I'd heard some Beatles stuff, but until he was killed I'd never heard of John Lennon. Let me amend that. I hadn't known the names of any of the Beatles.

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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/22 21:10:50 (permalink)
    I was taking a calculus quiz in the DAAP Building at the University of Cincinnati and heard the commotion outside our window. I put my name on the paper and turned it in blank and left the classroom. Later I learned I got 10% on the quiz for getting my name right. Back at my apartment one of my roommates from Ossining, NY was crying and wailing that right wing conspiracists killed Kennedy. He got a flight home and never returned to school. I guess that was the catalyst for the inevitable. That night I drove to Indianapolis to my parents' home. Even though it was just a few days away from Thanksgiving I went to the St. Vincents Nursing School dorm and broke up with the girl I was dating in Indianapolis at the time. Saturday I drove to Springfield, Ohio to meet up with my two other apartment roommates at one of the parents' house. Then that night I called long distance to Florida State in Tallahassee, Florida to talk with the girl I had been dating since my junior year in high school (4 years). We talked a long time and mutually decided the long distance thing would never work. I never talked to her again. That was back when long distance was expensive. Bob's parents never said a word. Sunday just before Oswald was shot we left to return to Cincinnati bored watching the tube all morning. We were only a few blocks away when that came on the radio. That whole weekend was like an aimless journey and purge. In hindsight it was a form of shock but extremely vivid. Then I could not tell you much about the rest of the week.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/22 21:58:40 (permalink)
    I was working in the school cafeteria... 6th grade.
     
    We saw teachers crying and then we learned why.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/22 23:00:21 (permalink)
    6 months out of College and in my first (& last) teaching job at Butler HS in Butler PA. Taught American History. It was a Friday afternoon. The announcement came over the PA that the President had been shot, the school buses were being called in early and school was being dismissed. Some students and teachers were crying. No one was talking much with one another, just packing up and quietly heading home. A very somber scene.
    Went home and glued to the Black & White TV all weekend. 
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/22 23:39:39 (permalink)
    Black and White TV with no commercials.  Vivid memory.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 04:59:20 (permalink)
    In 4th grade classroom in Montgomery, AL.  When announcement was made, I heard cheers throughout the school.  To this day I have never understood that.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 08:04:06 (permalink)
    Was walking a friend to class at Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches, Texas when another friend asked if I had heard about the president and he made a motion like shooting someone. I ran back to the dorm and turned on the radio and listened to all the bad news from Dallas.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 08:55:40 (permalink)
    I was home from school, "sick."  We lived just outside DC, so my family went to the procession a few days later.  Here are a few of the pics my dad took.  Sorry for the poor quality--my slide scanner was cheap.
    The bagpipe corps:

     
    The caisson:

     
    Jackie, Bobby, and Teddy Kennedy in the front:

     
    The limo carrying other family members, including the children:

     
    I went to the Capitol building to view the casket lying in state.  We stood in a very long line in the cold to do it, but it was worth it to pay our respects and witness a part of history.  What a sad, sad time for our country.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 09:52:50 (permalink)
    I was very young( 4 years old) but remember that day vividly. I was in the basement watching the show Queen for a Day. Mom was upstairs vacuuming and listening to the stereo. The vacuum stopped and I heard her crying. Then the phone rang-it was Dad. I think Mom crying keeps the memory fresh......
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 10:31:20 (permalink)
    First off love2bake those are amazing. As compared to what was in Life, Look and the other media at the time those tell a personal story.
     
    I was in third grade. Eastridge Elementary on the far eastside of Indianapolis. Mrs. Toombs class. Teachers were called put and given the news. School was let out early. Sat glued to the TV for next few days with my parents. JFK was revered in our house.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 11:25:03 (permalink)
    JRPfeff

    Metro Jim,

    I was wondering how many Dallasers claim to have been in Dealey Plaza that day. About half a million cheeseheads claim to have been at the Ice Bowl.


    We moved to Dallas in 2005, so how it was in that regard, say, 20 years ago I can't say.
     
    These days, not many.  Don't forget that 11/22/1963 was a school day here in Dallas, too.  So, most of the locals who are still alive and remember the events were in school that day and recollect it in a manner similar to mine - and most of us responding here.
     
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 11:58:09 (permalink)
    love2bake

    I was home from school, "sick."  We lived just outside DC, so my family went to the procession a few days later.  Here are a few of the pics my dad took.  Sorry for the poor quality--my slide scanner was cheap.
    The bagpipe corps:


    The caisson:


    Jackie, Bobby, and Teddy Kennedy in the front:


    The limo carrying other family members, including the children:


    I went to the Capitol building to view the casket lying in state.  We stood in a very long line in the cold to do it, but it was worth it to pay our respects and witness a part of history.  What a sad, sad time for our country.

    Good Lord, Love2Bake, those pictures were taken at Connecticut Ave. and K St., I was about 100 feet from the corner with High School friends, at the very front. to see virtually every living head of State marching together was sureal, we too stood in that freezing line at the Capitol, the night before, I was 17 at the time, that you have these pictures, is amazing to me, Thank You!

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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 11:58:55 (permalink)
    love2bake,
     
    Thank you for sharing those photos.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 16:11:29 (permalink)
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    Metro Jim,

    I was wondering how many Dallasers claim to have been in Dealey Plaza that day. About half a million cheeseheads claim to have been at the Ice Bowl.

    I don't know about Dealy Plaza but I suspect every individual was accounted for in some way that was there. But elsewhere along the route it seemed shoulder to shoulder from the newsreels. Kennedy did bring out the crowds like no other president. My chance was in Speedway, IN during the 1960 campaign and I didn't get a glimpse. The route was filled with people from the airport to downtown in that circuitous route. He didn't win by all that much but I doubt if Nixon could attract people anyway near the way Kennedy could. I think most people liked him, if not to support him, but begrudgingly with some admiration.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 17:01:42 (permalink)
    I am convinced that Oswald did the entire shoot but I am not convinced who was behind it???  Perhaps we will never know but I do not believe that he was so motivated by himself.  A weird coincidence that Kennedy was in Oak Ridge, TN and so was Oswald?  I really wonder why.
     
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 17:56:19 (permalink)
    Paul - NOVA on PBS had a special last week going over the ballistic and forensic evidence from the assassination. I am completely convinced that all the shots came from one rifle after watching the program. You can watch Cold Case JFK online.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 18:08:00 (permalink)
    While I don't remember the exact details, I read a story earlier this week in which one of the doctors that treated JFK at Parkland (I think that's who it was) opined that his back brace played a key role because it kept him more upright after the first shot.  Had he not been wearing it it's conceivable he could've dropped down and been less of a target for what would prove to be the fatal shot.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 19:47:37 (permalink)
    Saturday, 10/13/1962 is another date I remember regarding Kennedy; it was the day I saw him up close and in person. 
     
    According to that morning's newspaper he would be travelling along I-70 from Monessen, PA enroute to a speech he would be giving in front of the Washington, PA Courthouse.  As I was visiting my grandparents that meant he would be coming right past us. 
     
    When I heard on the radio that he had left Monessen my grandparents and I walked the short way down to I-70 and stood with a few neighbors alongside the road.  We only had to wait a few minutes until a uniformed officer came by on a motorcycle, stopped, said "Kennedy is just behind me.", cursorally waved some sort of squawking electronic device in front of us, and motored on.
     
    Two more uniforms on motorcycles drove by, followed by the dark blue Lincoln convertible, top down.  It slowed down to 20 MPH as it passed our small group; Kennedy waved and shouted to us in his familiar accent "Thanks for coming out; vote Democratic!".
     
    My impression from seeing him from only ten feet away was that he looked much slimmer and younger in person than he did in pictures or, especially, our B&W TV.  And, his hair was more a reddish Auburn than brown.  Riding with him was PA Governor David L. Lawrence.
     
    My grandfather's reaction was a little surprising:  "Someone's going to shoot him someday; after what I saw here it's just too damn easy for some nut not to do!"
     
    Here is JFK delivering this brief speech a few minutes after I saw him. 

     
    The Cuban Missle Crisis began the next day.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 20:07:39 (permalink)
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    While I don't remember the exact details, I read a story earlier this week in which one of the doctors that treated JFK at Parkland (I think that's who it was) opined that his back brace played a key role because it kept him more upright after the first shot.  Had he not been wearing it it's conceivable he could've dropped down and been less of a target for what would prove to be the fatal shot.


    I'm familiar with that claim, and I attribute it to a lack of knowledge concerning shooting on the part of the ER doc. Whether the brace prevented the President from being bent over is just a guess. But even if the strike of the first round had caused the President to be knocked more forward it is unlikely that if would have affected the next shot.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/23 21:00:51 (permalink)
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    All I can say is, Wow.  To have witnessed such a moment in history.  Wow.
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    Re:11/22/1963 - Where were you? 2013/11/24 10:15:30 (permalink)
    Chewy!  That's amazing that you were so close to where my dad was standing.  I would have thought it was either Constitution Ave or 14th Street, but I wasn't there.  I see the trolley tracks were still there.
     
    MJ - that's a great memory you have.  It's awful that your grandfather could envision an assassination even then.  Security was lax, for sure.
     
    Thanks to everyone for your kind words.  I'm glad I could find those photos and scan them, even though I have a crappy scanner.  At least they weren't orange, like some of our older slides.
     
    Big thanks to Mayor al who worked with those photos and sent me even better versions--I should plug in his improved ones!  I'll try it soon.
    Note from AL-  I just lightened them up a little. I don't have Photoshop on this machine... but here they are-

     

     

     

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